Saving a life with a rubber glove, a towel and box tape. What a hero!

A South African is being hailed a hero after saving a cyclist’s life with just a rubber glove, a towel and box tape.


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Jon-Jon Pietersen, an avid hiker and lead generation data manager at PNET, took to Facebook to share his story of how he managed to save Jim, a 51-year-old cyclist who had been shot in a suspected robbery on Saturday morning in Krugersdorp.

Pietersen was driving around with his friend Eleonora Del Grosso, looking for new hiking spots, when they turned off towards Kromdraai on the West rand and heard someone cry out “help me”.

“I looked out the window and saw a cyclist lying on the ground bleeding out, he had been robbed. They had shot him twice, in the leg and in the back.”

Pietersen only had a rubber glove, a towel and box tape in his car but managed to stop the bleeding on his leg and stuck his finger into the cyclists back wound to stop the bleeding. The bullet wound had gone straight through to his stomach.

“All I had was tape and a broken glove and used that to stop the bleeding, holding pressure with my leg on his and applying pressure in his other bullet holes. 

As people stopped they gave me more supplies like gauze and gloves. I managed to stabilize him and keep him alive until the ambulance arrived 20 min later.”

Pietersen can be seen in all the photos on the scene helping where he can.

An advanced life-support Paramedic arrived on the scene and held Jon-Jon treat Jim.

“While they were working on him I was plugging holes.”

The Netcare air ambulance was called to airlift the patient to Milpark where he is now in a critical but stable condition.

“I never thought I knew I could but I did… today I saved a mans life.”

While main-stream media are reporting on the cyclist being airlifted, social media are celebrating Jon-Jon Pietersen, a data manager and hero who managed to save a life yesterday with just a rubber glove, a towel and box tape. What a hero.

Sources: Facebook
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